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Mykia Jovan

Mykia Jovan is a vocalist and songwriter from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her distinctive voice often draws comparison to the timeless luminaries Billie Holiday and Erykah Badu, while her original compositions and live performances have established her as a singular voice in the modern progressive soul scene. Mykia was recently nominated for Best Emerging Artist in New Orleans, her debut album named a Top 50 album of the year, and had her single '16 Shots' included on Spotify's official State of Jazz playlist alongside artists Christian Scott and Kamasi Washington, among others.

Mykia made her debut performance at Essence Festival in 2018 performing inside the Good Vibes Superlounge with her band. Following up on the Essence Fest buzz, Mykia completed her first tour performing in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, PA, and Brooklyn, NY as the headliner for Dopeciety’s COUCHES tour.

Mykia is currently working on the follow-up to 2017’s Elliyahu, writing and performing regularly with producer Cam Smith.

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Zinna Riley

Zinna has 15+ years experience designing and producing just about all types of print collateral and presentation materials including strategic plans and annual reports, brand & identity packages, interactive slide decks, info/process graphics, five-piece invitation suites, brochures, postcards, direct mail pieces and websites.

In 2000, Zinna began her career writing, editing and designing countless documents and graphic diagrams (including maps and process graphics) under the rigorous tutelage of urban planners and accomplished graphic designers at an multi-disciplinary architecture and planning firm in Berkeley (MIG). This highly demanding position, required she wear vastly different professional hats including technical writer, graphic designer, project manager, to name a few, but it was in this position that she fostered a clear passion as well as demonstrated an innate talent for graphic design. Providing associate and project management level support for one of the firm's founding principals, she was able to amass an extensive graphic design portfolio while narrowing her career focus.

In 2005, Zinna shifted to the nonprofit sector as in-house designer, working at both the micro level to produce a wide array of high-quality materials and at the macro level to help the Independent Television Service (ITVS) unify its visual identity and brand as an organization. Specifically, she designed and produced innumerable presentations, white papers, reports, process graphics, brochures, catalogues, branding collateral (including series and event logos as well as the organization’s business cards) and other various materials necessary to assist the organization’s President in institution building. Additionally, Zinna managed and facilitated metric processes/reporting and institutional planning processes across all departments. Demonstrating multiple competencies, Zinna realized what she enjoyed most was creating and conceptualizing remarkable design solutions to complex communication challenges, which led her to pursue a freelance graphic design career in 2010.

Since then, Zinna has completed over 100 design projects for 35+ clients—many contracting her annually to create promotional materials for recurring events as well as branding for new initiatives. Her clientele includes an array of businesses and non-profit organizations, such as Homeless Prenatal Program, Impact Media Partners, National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc.-Oakland/Bay Area Chapter, Social Justice Learning Institute, Healthy Generations Project, End Child Poverty in California, Devil in the Machine Productions (film), Healthy Qi & You, Double Happiness Health, Whipper Snapper Restaurant, McKnight Higgins Consulting and the Santa Monica Public Library.